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PhD in Uncovering a Pathway for Sustainable Strip Steel Production

PhD in Uncovering a Pathway for Sustainable Strip Steel Production

Project Overview

Sustainability is the topic of our generation. Shifting from carbon intensive wasteful tendencies to a responsible circular economy is key to tackling the issues at hand. Materials and manufacturing enterprises are now measured through their ability to deliver products and services in a way that shows best performance to macro life-cycle-assessment while continuing to meet customer needs.

Tata Steel UK is rapidly investing in knowledge development and understanding to allow their production of flat (strip) steel products to be world leading in its delivery of responsible quality material. This aim is both a step-change to the current recycling of steel internationally, and to the future production capabilities within Tata Steel UK. This will involve high temperature experimentation to understand the mechanisms and quality of reclaimed raw materials for high value steel product production, followed by the application of advanced characterization techniques such as; X-ray computed tomography; real-time visualization/measurement tools; and mechanical performance testing to assess the quality of material produced.

We are looking for a motivated passionate individual to be at the forefront of uncovering how Tata Steel UK will deliver its products of the future. The student will work closely with Tata Steel production and R&D staff as well as the combined expertise from synergistic research groups at Swansea and Warwick University. The student would be expected to spend time embedded across all three teams, utilizing the collective knowledge, expertise, and equipment to conduct their research. In addition to the technical delivery of this project, Tata Steel UK are keen to work on changing the image of both their business, and the wider steel industry, to the public and understand how the production of steel can be a driver for regionally supported circular materials flow. The passion of the applicant towards sustainability will be key in engaging with internal and external stakeholders to the deliver this societal change.

Essential and desirable criteria

Candidates should have a minimum of an upper second (2.1) honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant science or engineering subject, such as biomedical engineering, materials, physics, biology, chemistry or chemical engineering.
Initial general enquiries to Prof. Mark Williams (

Intended start date October 2021

Funding and Eligibility

Funding of £18,609 per annum is available for UK applicants for 4 years.

To be eligible for this project the successful applicant should have indefinite leave to remain in the UK and have been ordinarily resident here for 3 years prior to the project start-date, apart from occasional or temporary absences. Additional details of these criteria are available on the EPSRC website.

To apply

To apply please complete our online enquiry form and upload your CV.

Please ensure you meet the minimum requirements before filling in the online form.

Key Information:

Funding Source: EPSRC iCase

Stipend: £18,609 for 4 years

Supporting company: Tata Steel Europe

Supervisor: Prof Mark Williams

Available to UK nationals

Start date: Oct 2021